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September 2016: Staff Profiles

The first few weeks of term can be confusing, but Information Store staff are always on hand to assist you. We can show you how to search for books, teach you how to reference your essays and help you find a quiet place to study. In this series of blog posts, our lovely staff members answer some bookish questions and prove that there is more to us than “SHHHH”!

Victoria is a regular writer for Between the Lines. She moved to Norwich to study English Literature at UEA and worked in the library there before joining the Info Store team. In her spare time Victoria volunteers at Norwich Theatre Royal, digitally archiving programmes dating back to the 1700s. She is a huge comic book fan and one of the Info Store’s resident experts in sci-fi and fantasy. Victoria supports diversity in young adult literature and is always happy to chat about LGBT lit. When she isn’t stuck in a book, you can find her cheering on her local roller derby team or dreaming about her next trip to Disneyworld!

Which fictional world would you like to live in?

Asgard, from Marvel comics. As long as I stay on Heimdall’s good side, I can use the Bifrost portal to travel to endless magical worlds. No-one said I couldn’t exploit a loophole!

Q1

Join the queue to use the Bifrost, Thor’s preferred mode of inter-dimensional transport

Who is your favourite comic book superhero?

That’s easy- the recent iteration of Captain Marvel by feminist author Kelly Sue DeConnick. Carol Danvers’ powers come from alien DNA which starts to harm her brain when she tries to fly. I get frequent migraines, and can relate to the frustration Carol experiences when her illness keeps her stuck at ground level. She also loves cats.

Q2

Former pilot Carol Danvers took on the title of Captain Marvel in 2014

What is your favourite book-to-screen adaptation?

Ponyo by Studio Ghibli is a very loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. Brunnhilde is a tiny fish who gets rescued from a bottle by a little boy named Sosuke. He renames Brunnhilde “Ponyo” and keeps her in a bucket until her father summons spirits to drag her back home. Ponyo decides she wants to live with Sosuke, and uses her magic to transform into a little girl. This upsets balance of the ocean and floods Sosuke’s town- in a beautiful scene, Ponyo uses her magic to turn a toy boat into a full-size craft, and the pair sail through a flooded forest teeming with strange fish. Ponyo’s mother, a gigantic sea witch, promises that Ponyo can remain with Sosuke if he can prove he loves her, and can care for her. The Little Mermaid is traditionally a romantic tale with a very sad ending, but Ponyo is a loving tribute to childhood, friendship and family. It also features some delicious-looking food, something of a Ghibli tradition.

Q3

You can find Ponyo in NORFOLK HOUSE 791.433

Which book should be made into a film next? Which book should NEVER be made into a film?

Sir Terry Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna made a big announcement at San Diego Comic-Con this year- she’s adapting The Wee Free Men for the big screen! TWFM is a short adventure set on Pratchett’s Discworld, perfect for a 90-minute movie. The sequels (Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, A Hat Full of Sky and The Shepherd’s Crown) follow protagonist Tiffany Aching as she trains to become a witch. Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Agnes Nitt and Magrat Garlick all cross paths with Tiffany, so I’m hoping that TWFM will be the first in a long series of films about Discworld’s witches.

I’m currently listening to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, brilliantly narrated by Wil Wheaton. It’s being adapted by Steven Spielberg, but even he can’t have the cash to license every classic movie, book and video game referenced in the OASIS. The CGI department will have to animate infinite planets, shapeshifting avatars and fights between X-Wing pilots, mech suits and flying DeLoreans. I think Art3mis is a great female character (not least because she’s short-haired and chubby, like me) and I would hate to see her reduced to a Hollywood ‘love interest’. I suppose I’ll have to wait and see…

Q4

How will 374 pages of ’80’s references translate to film?

Which creature (magical or otherwise) would you like to have as a pet?

Sloth from Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. If you commit a crime in Zoo City, an animal will appear and you’ll be bonded for life. Some of them have special abilities, and Sloth helps his human Zinzi to find lost objects (when he isn’t sleeping!) While I hope to never have a criminal record, I would love a psychic animal with a fondness for eating, napping, and cuddles!

Q5

What form would your Daemon take?

Though it’s tempting to wish for a big, fluffy daemon, I think I would prefer mine to be small and portable. Perhaps a snake that could curl around my wrist (Indiana Jones fans, look away now)

Q6

What form would your Patronus take?

Patronuses (Patroni?) are meant to make you smile, so I’d go for something goofy-looking, like a tiny Brussels Griffon. I’d love to see one square off against a Dementor.

Q7

Ready to do battle with the Dark Lord

Would you rather be a dwarf, an elf, or a hobbit?

I am a VERY big fan of second breakfast, but I like to travel much more than the average hobbit. I’m not obsessed with precious metals, so I’d make a very poor dwarf (I don’t think beards would suit me either) While I’m not quite stylish enough to be an elf, I rather like the idea of being immortal. And I’d get a catchy name like “Luthien Tinuviel”. I could travel between Lothlorien, Rivendell and Mirkwood, the most beautiful scenery in all of Middle-Earth. And I’d be irresistible to princes in disguise!

Q8

Rivendell is even beautiful in LEGO form

What do you think should be the ‘next big thing’ in YA literature?

Graphic novels!! There are some great comics and graphic novels with teenage protagonists, like Lumberjanes, Ms Marvel, Drama, and I Kill Giants. Dark Satanic Mills by horror author Marcus Sedgwick and 2000AD artist John Higgins was nominated for the Carnegie Medal last year, which helped debunk the myth that graphic novels “aren’t proper books”. I’d also love to see more books with illustrations, like Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl series, Tinder by Sally Gardner and Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre’s Pugs of the Frozen North (Ok, that last one is for younger readers- but who doesn’t love cartoon pugs??)

Q9

Feminist comic Lumberjanes is drawn by Noelle Stevenson, creator of Nimona. 

Pick one: Invisibility Cloak, Elder Wand, Philosopher’s Stone

Elder Wand, obviously- it’s like trading a wish for more wishes! I’m sure I could figure out how to use the Elder Wand to cast an invisibility spell or make me eternally youthful. And since Harry defeated Voldemort in 1998, I wouldn’t even have to hide it.

Q10

Not a fan of Harry Potter? Tell us which magical item you’d like to use instead. 

 

Keep reading Between the Lines for more staff profiles, book and DVD reviews and news about the latest literary events in Norfolk and beyond.

References

Badly Drawn Dad Asgard Available at https://flic.kr/p/7gCCnV (Accessed on 30/08/2016)

theNerdPatrol captain marvel bridge city comics Available at https://flic.kr/p/csMoAj (Accessed on 30/08/2016)

FICG.mx ponyo Available at https://flic.kr/p/9oVGez (Accessed on 30/08/2016)

Dex February 2015 Loot Crate Ready Player One Available at https://flic.kr/p/ro6wAJ (Accessed on 30/08/2016)

More, J Linnaeus’s Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus didactylus) Available at https://flic.kr/p/4BPMmA (Accessed on 30/08/2016)

Mazur, B Midland brown snake Available at https://flic.kr/p/5rqrLk (Accessed on 30/08/2016)

Arden, A Walter Brussels Griffon Available at https://flic.kr/p/bBfCPw (Accessed on 30/08/2016)

Li, M Aragorn and Arwen Available at https://flic.kr/p/oF8x9V (Accessed on 30/08/2016)

Feliciano, E I finally started #Lumberjanes and it’s so clever and cute #whatimreading Available at https://flic.kr/p/p5ugau (Accessed on 30/08/2016)

Schmitz, A deathly hallows Available at https://flic.kr/p/dEQQJv (Accessed on 30/08/2016)

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